As we reach the end of another season, the PSA's Matt Coles has been talking to the stars of the PSA World Tour about their 2018/19 campaigns. Here he catches up with Belgium’s Tinne Gilis.
Thanks to a wonderful campaign, Belgium’s Tinne Gilis has moved into the top 30 in the World Rankings for the first time in her career, ending the season at World No.29.
The young Belgian, who turns 22 later this year, is just one of the rising crop of talented young stars in the game, and she admits that she overachieved compared to her goals for the season.
“Reaching the top 30 for the first time feels amazing,” said Gilis, as she finishes the season at World No.29.
“I told my coach that my goal for this season was to reach the top 40, so I can only look back at my season with a smile on my face.”
Gilis admits that she did not get off to a good start in this campaign, but the 21-year-old battled back to record last 16 finishes in both Gouna and Hull towards the end of the season.
“I’m very happy with my 2018-2019 season. It did not start that well but it only got better,” the Belgian added.
“In January I reached the second round of a Platinum event for the first time, which was the Tournament of Champions, so that was very special for me.
“After that I managed to reach the quarter-finals of a 50K in Dallas and the third round of both El Gouna and the British Open. So I’m very satisfied about the season.”
In amongst her good run of form towards the end of the season came a big win over former World Champion and World No.1 Laura Massaro.
Her victory over the Englishwoman at the British Open was special for Gilis, for a couple of big reasons.
“My best performance so far is definitely beating Laura Massaro. I’ve never beaten a top 10 player before, so that win meant a lot to me,” she explained.
Tinne (right) overcame Laura Massaro (left) at the British Open in May
“Of course, I had some mixed feelings after that match as it was Laura’s last match of her career, but I’m very honoured that I’m the one she played her last match against.”
Gilis has already begun her off-season work, and the Belgian knows exactly what her goals are for the 2019-2020 campaign, as she looks to continue her rise up the rankings.
“I will spend a lot of time in the gym doing strength and conditioning training in the first half of the off season to make my body stronger and fitter,” the World No.29 said.
“In the second half I will start playing squash daily again and combine it with the training I’ve been doing in the gym.
“My main goal for next season is to make the top 20, so to do even better in the bigger tournaments. I’m already looking forward to compete again!”
Keep a look out for the next player’s review of the 2018-19 season in the coming days, as World No.3 Tarek Momen reviews his campaign.